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A different kind of Beginner-level book 4: a spiralling syllabus
A spiralling syllabus is NOT just about grammar Hopefully, you’ll have read our previous post on a spiral syllabus. In
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Grammar curiosities 10: be going
Following on from my previous post on the present continuous, I pose this question – isn’t be going to actually
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A different kind of Beginner-level book 3: choosing which vocabulary to teach
Making choices about vocabulary: teaching what’s relevant to most students, responding to individuals In our last post, we looked at
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A different kind of Beginner-level book 2
Just enough grammar and a spiral syllabus In our last post on teaching beginner-level students, we stated this principle: While
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A different kind of Beginner-level book 1
If that’s what it’s not, what is it? My post about the Beginner syllabus and short answers with auxiliaries has
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In Memoriam: Remembering Michael Lewis
Like many of you, my first encounter with Michael Lewis came via his seminal 1993 book The Lexical Approach: The
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Why don’t we teach more grammatical chunks at low levels?
One of the curiosities of the dominant grammar syllabus at low levels is that certain ‘higher-level’ grammar does occasionally creep
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Grammar curiosities (and some nonsense) 9: the present continuous
It is curious how grammar is sometimes divided up. For example, while most teachers nowadays are quite happy to section
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Grammar nonsense (and some curiosities) 8: short answers and auxiliaries
Following on from the previous post about the way the syllabus in most Beginner-level books is constructed, one of the
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Grammar nonsense 7: the syllabus for Beginners
It’s been quite a while since we last published a post in this particular series. Writing both a Beginner-level book
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